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Filmmaker
    (August 16, 1975- )
    Born in Raukokore, New Zealand
    Directed and wrote the screenplay for ‘Eagle vs Shark’ (2007), ‘Boy’ (2010), ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ (2014), ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ (2014), and ‘Jojo Rabbit’ (2019)
    Directed ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ (2017)
    Won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for ‘Jojo Rabbit’
    When his short film ‘Two Cars, One Night’ was nominated for an Oscar, he pretended to be asleep when the nominees were read during the ceremony (2005).
    Before helming ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ his most extensive work with CGI had been a for Sour Patch Kids commercial starring Method Man.
    His portrayal of a bumbling Hitler in ‘Jojo Rabbit’ inevitably produced complaints that he was trivializing the Nazis.
    He said, ‘I don’t think I know as much about filmmaking as I probably should. I know what I want to see from a scene, but I still don’t know the names of much of the equipment on set. I don’t know the name of camera moves, I still get confused with the shapes of the angles and things like that.’
    He spent a decade performing comedy with Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie of the Flight of the Concords.
    ’Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ became the highest-grossing locally-produced film in New Zealand, breaking the box office record set by his film ‘Boy.’
    He said, ‘What better way to insult Hitler than having him portrayed by a Polynesian Jew?’
    He said, ‘Shooting a movie should be fun! It’s not a real job. It can be hard, but at the end of the day, we’re dressing up and playing pretend.’

Credit: C. Fishel


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